Full of impact

Hogeschool IPABO is a university of applied sciences specialized in primary education, child care and preschool education. From our locations in Amsterdam and Alkmaar we share knowledge that meets today’s and tomorrow’s questions. The kind of knowledge the professional practice is eagerly waiting for, knowledge that pushes the boundaries. We engage in practice-orientated education and stay in close connection with primary schools.

Every year over 1,200 students follow the bachelor teacher training primary education, academic teacher training primary education and the Associate degree Pedagogical Educational Professional (Ad PEP) at IPABO on full-time and part-time basis. In addition we provide programs for transfer students in possession of bachelor’s or master’s degree and additional training for professional development as well as in-company projects.

Along with the professional field we educate students, do research and work together in ‘lifelong’ development of (young) professionals. How to become the best professional is what you learn from IPABO’s bests. This means employing skills and empathy. And the will to connect within the great diversity of backgrounds and beliefs. At IPABO this is part of our DNA.

The i stands for impact and ideologically

For an education where it is all about you. With ample space to discover who you really are and what you stand for. And learning how to relate to other people from whatever cultural or ideological background. Based on understanding and empathy, with an open eye for the person and the context you deal with. At IPABO you will be the one to make the difference. Someone who will be remembered. Powerful. Meaningful. Impactful.

The organization

Hogeschool IPABO’s team consists of 120 impactful teachers, researchers and staff. As a relatively small-scale quality university we work together with partners at home and abroad.


Hogeschool IPABO is there for its students. To help them discover who they are and what they stand for. And to learn to relate to others. We know each person by name. We’re not an institution, we are a team!


Our vocational training involves practically orientated research which meets the needs of professional practice and also pushes boundaries. In close cooperation with primary schools we apply our knowledge wherever we can.


Sharing knowledge is essential. With emphasis on sharing. Because even more important than possessing professional knowledge is how to transfer it. To ensure that knowledge is really incorporated. It all starts with inspiration. At IPABO we inspire and learn how to inspire.

Our two degree programs

Hogeschool IPABO offers two degree programs. The bachelor program Education in Primary Schools (age 4 – 12) and the associate degree program Pedagogical Educational Professional (Ad PEP).

Lessons in both programs are taught in Dutch. Students need to be fluent in Dutch, that’s why on this website you will find  further information regarding these programs in Dutch.

Bachelor (4 years)

Students who complete the 4 years’ program receive a bachelor’s degree. After graduation they  meet the competence requirements to teach at a Dutch primary school (as stipulated in the Primary Education Act).

The bachelor program is accredited by the NVAO (from May 16th 2022) and thus recognized by the Dutch government.

Ad PEP (2 years)

Students who complete the 2 years’ program receive an associate degree. Most of the graduates will find a job in pre- and after school care or become a teacher assistant.

The Associate degree program is accredited by the NVAO (from December 31st 2016) and thus recognized by the Dutch government.

Code of Conduct Higher Education

Hogeschool IPABO is one of the signatories of the Code of Conduct Higher Education. This Code sets the standards for Dutch higher education institutions concerning communication and interaction with international students.

If a student finds the university has not acted in accordance with the Code of Conduct and no agreement  can be reached with the department or staff member in question, the student is entitled to submit a complaint.

More information about the Code of Conduct can be found here.